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Katrin Loer

Department / group: Department of Geology & Geophysics
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Research interests:

I have a strong interest in understanding the composition and pattern of ambient seismic noise and what we can learn from it about subsurface structures as well as the sources of ambient noise, which are often of oceanic or atmospheric origin (e.g., waves, storms, wind). Hence, seismic noise can help to monitor these systems passively and remotely. My current research focusses on linking conventional and non-conventional seismic methods (e.g., beamforming, interferometry), improving their computational performance, and thereby reducing experimental and financial costs for subsurface characterisation related to renewable energy targets.

– Ambient seismic noise
– Seismic imaging
– Wave propagation in fractured media
– Geothermal reservoir characterisation
– Subsurface monitoring

Career history:

I joined the Department of Geology and Geophysics of the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 2020 as a Lecturer in Environmental Seismology. I studied Geophysics at the University of Münster, Germany, before completing a PhD on “Source-receiver wavefield interferometry in scattering media” at the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2015. In 2016, I secured a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) that allowed me to work as a postdoctoral researcher at Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany, on “Synthesis of passive seismic methods for geothermal applications”. From 2016 to 2020, I was an active member of the EU’s Horizon 2020 project “GEMex”, an interdisciplinary and international collaboration investigating two geothermal sites in Mexico.

Active research projects:

“Geothermal reservoir characterisation and monitoring from three-component beamforming of ambient seismic noise”, supervisor of PhD project within the GeoNetZero Centre for Doctoral Training (

Recent publications:

Löer, K., Toledo, T., Norini, G., Zhang, X., Curtis, A., and Saenger, E.H., 2020. “Imaging the Deep Structures of Los Humeros Geothermal Field, Mexico, Using Three-Component Seismic Noise Beamforming”, Seismological Research Letters, doi: 10.1785/0220200022

Löer, K., Riahi, N., and Saenger, E.H., 2018. “Three-component ambient noise beamforming in the Parkfield area”, Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggy058

Löer, K., Curtis, A., and Meles, G.A., 2016. “Relating source-receiver interferometry to an inverse-scattering series to derive a new method to estimate internal multiples”, Geophysics, doi: 10.1190/geo2015-0330.1

Löer, K., Meles, G.A., and Curtis, A., 2015. “Automatic identification of multiply
diffracted waves and their ordered scattering paths”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, doi:10.1121/1.4906839

Meles, G.A., Löer, K., Ravasi, M., Curtis, A., and da Costa Filho, C.A., 2014. “Internal multiple prediction and removal using Marchenko autofocusing and seismic interferometry”, Geophysics, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0408.1

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